Gerard Lubaton, Little Whispers

Like You

First Reading
Acts 17:15, 22—18:1

After Paul’s escorts had taken him to Athens,
they came away with instructions for Silas and Timothy
to join him as soon as possible.

Then Paul stood up at the Areopagus and said:
“You Athenians, I see that in every respect
you are very religious.
For as I walked around looking carefully at your shrines,
I even discovered an altar inscribed, ‘To an Unknown God.’
What therefore you unknowingly worship, I proclaim to you.
The God who made the world and all that is in it,
the Lord of heaven and earth,
does not dwell in sanctuaries made by human hands,
nor is he served by human hands because he needs anything.
Rather it is he who gives to everyone life and breath and everything.
He made from one the whole human race
to dwell on the entire surface of the earth,
and he fixed the ordered seasons and the boundaries of their regions,
so that people might seek God,
even perhaps grope for him and find him,
though indeed he is not far from any one of us.
For ‘In him we live and move and have our being,’
as even some of your poets have said,
‘For we too are his offspring.’
Since therefore we are the offspring of God,
we ought not to think that the divinity is like an image
fashioned from gold, silver, or stone by human art and imagination.
God has overlooked the times of ignorance,
but now he demands that all people everywhere repent
because he has established a day on which he will ‘judge the world
with justice’ through a man he has appointed,
and he has provided confirmation for all
by raising him from the dead.”

When they heard about resurrection of the dead,
some began to scoff, but others said,
“We should like to hear you on this some other time.”
And so Paul left them.
But some did join him, and became believers.
Among them were Dionysius,
a member of the Court of the Areopagus,
a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

After this he left Athens and went to Corinth.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 148:1-2, 11-12, 13, 14

R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Praise the LORD from the heavens;
praise him in the heights.
Praise him, all you his angels;
praise him, all you his hosts.
R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Let the kings of the earth and all peoples,
the princes and all the judges of the earth,
Young men too, and maidens,
old men and boys.
R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Praise the name of the LORD,
for his name alone is exalted;
His majesty is above earth and heaven.
R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
or:
R. Alleluia.

He has lifted up the horn of his people;
Be this his praise from all his faithful ones,
from the children of Israel, the people close to him.
Alleluia.
R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gospel
Jn 16:12-15

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
But when he comes, the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you to all truth.
He will not speak on his own,
but he will speak what he hears,
and will declare to you the things that are coming.
He will glorify me,
because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
Everything that the Father has is mine;
for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine
and declare it to you.”

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US Army soldiers pray during Christmas church service at military camp in Baghdad

REFLECTION 

“For we too are His offspring…”

Ever since grade school, i always have heard the phrase “We are Created in His image and likeness”.

All of my religion class teachers have told us that we are the children of God.

But then I would ask to myself, “What? Why? How?” I would finish every year and level in school never fully understanding what this phrase means.

Later on, every experience I have with the Lord, whether it is in the communtiy, in the Holy Eucharist or in my daily life, I slowly realized what being a child of God is.

I realized that being a child of God is being like Jesus.
He loved His Father and He loved His neighbor.
He is just the perfect example.

In emulating Jesus, we show and learn how to be loving, caring, patient, understanding, meek, humble, compassionate, a good servant, a good leader, a good neighbor.

Friends, I encourage each one of us not in our own little ways but in the biggest possible deed to be like Jesus. Before the Lord left His disciples, He told them, to “Love one another as I have loved you.”

Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us not forget that we are the children of God. And we are His “Soldiers of Love”. Yes Lord! – Gerard Lubaton (ge.lubaton@gmail.com)

PRAYER
“How i want to be, Lord, just like you, all the good things that I want to do. Listen to my heart, Lord! yes it’s true. When you give your peace, and you share your joy, and You show Your love, o Lord, how I want to be like You.” — “Just like You”, from the album Kids Praise! 3

REFLECTION QUESTION
Will you allow other people to see Jesus in you today?

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